It’s a special time of year – the ushering in of the new spring season – so we think it’s worth celebrating with some unique rituals!
I think we only understood the true meaning of the Easter holiday being in the Northern Spring last year when our family had waited a whole winter for our newly hatched quails to start laying eggs, and they finally did at the start of September!
In the North, Easter is a celebration of the end of winter, and the reappearance of eggs, new growth and life from the frozen earth. In the Southern Hemisphere, we’re round the wrong way for any of these traditional holiday rituals to make any sense at all.
Make a wattle garland
Sprays of golden wattle blossoms emerge at the end of winter and into early spring, so they are the perfect emblem of this time of year Down Under.
Weaving a simple garland of wattle flowers to hang on your door or wear in your hair is an easy way to usher in spring and celebrate the new season with a special spring ritual, one which children will especially love.
Dyeing yarn with oxalis
Our Pip crafty Queen Deborah Brearley waits all year long for oxalis flowers to emerge in September to make her beautiful natural yellow dyes.
Check out Pip Issue 7 for her simple instructions on dyeing naturally with foraged ingredients.
Bake some wild weed pie
It’s not just lush garden growth that happens when the weather starts to warm up, weeds love warm weather too, and many weedy delicacies start to emerge at this time of year, including onion weed, dandelion flowers and chicory.
Making a delicious wild weed spanakopita is easy as pie (well, even easier, if you buy the filo pastry!) and tastes most delicious at this time of year because of the bounty available.
Plant some tomato seeds
Spring rituals for most gardeners inevitably involve planting for the coming warm, but we reckon it’s something pretty special sowing seeds of the queen of summer vegetables – tomato!
Take part in the frog census
Many frogs start calling in early spring and late winter, so this is a great time to get out and about and start doing some citizen science! Being a frog monitor is easy, and a great (and useful) way to connect with your local environment.